Sunday special – kerala salmon curry (super easy)Salmon pieces2 onions, Finely chopped6 garlic chopped3 inch ginger choppedCurry leavesRed chillies drySliced tomatoes x21/2/3 tsp- haldi, chilli pd, dhaniyaKokum optional Heat oil, add mustard seeds, onion, ginger, garlic. Fry until translucent. Add sliced tomatoes and curry leaves. Stir till it becomes a mushy mix. Add hot water, drop the salmon pieces, Kokum and cover and cook till … Continue reading Salmon curry – no coconut
Rhea’s favourite restaurant is Dishum…. Just like so many of us too. So when we realised we couldn’t go to Dishum, Dishum decided to come to us 😍😍. A birthday dinner fit for a princess….and she loved it! Nothing is more precious in this world other than a genuine thank you from your little adult 😍 Menu – BrushchettaLamb chopsGun powder potatoesBlack dalKiwi mango salad … Continue reading And my princess turns 18 👸👸
Eggs all over….. Masaledar Methi Anda ( fenugreek eggs) Parsi Egg Chow Chow Radish leaf with yellow lentil ( moong mooli) Yesterday i happily harvested our radish leaves ( well, truth is that the baby radish were rather premature and disappointing while the mooli leaves had taken over the entire pot!!!). Anyway, thanks to advice from another forum, i decided to make mooli moong dal. … Continue reading Methi anda and parsi chow chow
Katsu curry –Katsu curry is basically sweetish Japanese curry ( 1tsp curry powder+1tsp mild garam masala + pinch of pepper) mixed with flour and coconut milk.Easy to make and tastes heavenly. Recipe –Breaded chicken ( use readymade ones. I made my own but the coating was not as firm as readymade)Onions Finely choppedCarrots ( slices or batons)Vegetables if neededFlour 1tspCornflour 1tspCoconut milk 1 can2tbsp Honey … Continue reading Chicken katsu curry
Following mouth watering discussions on our FB forum, a good friend Geeta Kamat finally revealed the deep dark secrets to the perfect puran poli. Bear in mind that she is one of the most perfectest of perfect cooks ever, making even the humble potato stir fry look like a Robuchan’s Pommes Puree on his degustation menu!!!! Thanks Geeta for that and the photos😍 RECIPE –1 … Continue reading Puranpoli, the marathi feast
Moqueca De Piexe (simple translation : fish/prawn stew)Orange cake (simple translation : cake with chopped dried orange bits and juice) Peeled prawns, white fish & peppers cooked in homemade creamy coconut, fresh tomato & lime sauce with a coconut farofa to sprinkle. Pre-birthday planning was on the cards but this perennially starved family was going crazy for their favourite restaurant foods, be it Nandos, Sushi … Continue reading Moqueca–prawn and fish stew
Aai’s vange chi bhajee ( or something close to it )- roast and grind dhania seeds 3tbsp, jeera 1tbsp, groundnut pd 1tbsp, sesame seeds 1tbsp, kaju 1tbsp, coconut 1tbsp, red chillies. Mix well with finely chopped onions,coriander, salt sugar, haldi, chilli pd, garam masala or good masala. Stuff this powder into slit brinjals. Heat generous amount of oil, add hing, mustard seeds and the usual … Continue reading Pineapple rasam and vaangi bhaaji
Best soul satisfying mid week dinner ( 10mins )BISI BELE BHAAT Mark Twain- name the greatest inventor of all time: Accident!!! Recipe-Left over dalLeft over riceGheeCooked veg optionalBisi bele bhaat powderTamarind pulpJaggeryTadkaHandful of roast cashews and groundnuts Method- mix dal and rice well (with your hands if possible), add a big dollop of ghee, a glug of tamarind pulp , a handful curry leaves, jaggery, … Continue reading Quick bisi bele bhaath
Jhatpat mexican tortilla soup- A super easy, weekday meal to keep your calories and increasing waist line in control ( Aditi Gupte boss, aapka hukm sar aankhon par) Heat oil, add garlic and chopped red onion , sauteChopped winter vegetables ( I added sweet potato, butternut squash, parsnip) go in next.Can of marrowfat peas or any soft beans ( being a weekday, cans are favored)Fajita … Continue reading Tortilla soup
Rule of 2 & 1/2 : Quickie banana cakeAlways hated the idea of measuring while making anything! Not one to stick to rule when it comes to cooking. So this is an absolute delight in weekend mornings…I call it the rule of 2&1/2 cake2 bananas2 eggs1/2 cup butter1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup self raising flour1/2 tsp baking pdBlend together the first four ingredients and fold in … Continue reading Banana cake
Supriya Dharmadhikari ‘s karela fry- I have always disliked bitter gourd with a passion!!! Reminded me of childhood tantrums and fights with mum for hours! However this is ‘the’ karela dish that even a total anti-karela person has fallen in love with!Recipe:Karela cut, scoop insides and boil with some imli till just soft.Take out, sqeeze water out and keep aside. Besan- Dry roast well.Add garam … Continue reading Karela, will eat, won’t eat?
So, to continue inundating cooks forum with food made when you have nothing else to do 😂😂😂, here is an easy peasy DHABA STYLE Chicken made by Shreeram Deshpande Recipe –Oil heated 3 Tbsp,Chicken 1 kg stir fry till it starts changing colour,Ginger paste 1 Tbsp and Garlic paste 1 Tbsp, Stir fry to lose the raw flavour2 large chopped tomatoes, cook till soft,Add spices … Continue reading Dhaba chicken
Mango mishthi dohi ( adapted from Kalpa Sundar recipe )The first time I had this piece of heaven, I was hooked! And anything goes with mango, so mango mishthi dohi it was!Very easy recipe, done in less than10 mins..Recipe:Greek yoghurt -one potCondensed milk-1 tinMango pulp-same as condensed milkElaichi pd pinch Mix all ingredients.Steam in a steamer or pressure cooker ( don’t forget to cover with … Continue reading Mango mishti dohi….
Carbonara sauce- home made (you need only eggs and cheese)! How many of you buy your pasta sauce?Honest confession – have always bought pasta sauce rather than make it fresh…. Eeks, I how I don’t get kicked out of this group! Yesterday, Varun taught me how to make easy sauce at home with just eggs and cheese. Fry pancetta and keep aside. Boil tagliatelle , … Continue reading Home made carbonara….. Really!!!!
Spicy garlic chicken – Korean fried chickenKorean is the new kid on the block for me, ever since Captain Ri took my heart away 😍😍 ( well, if you have not watched Crashlanding on Netflix, your reading this is not worth it!!! ♥️♥️).Anyway, started looking up Korean delicacies and this is similar to what we have always made. The only difference is double frying chicken … Continue reading Crispy chicken and Captain Ri….
Lamb curry While growing up in Nagpur, Sundays used to be special, very special. Meat used to be a once a week treat hence Sundays were special indeed as it was the day when mum would get lamb from the local butcher and make the most delicious lamb curry and dad would painstakingly remove the marrow from the bones just for me (someone told him … Continue reading Sundays and lamb curry
Many people have eaten in this kitchen and gone on to live normal healthy lives – thus issued a plaque gifted by a dear friend to mum. And how true it was….. The lockdown has seen a plethora of talented wannabe cooks and a deluge of recipes, and that includes me (totally unashamed and unabashed of my FB cooking exploits 🤗🤗).But I have always wondered, … Continue reading Maa and Masala dosa
Nigella Lawson, once purred these famous words -Salted caramel is the Class A drug of the confectionary world! How true, ah how true! One lick of the spoon and you are transported to a heady world of sheer bliss and pleasure. Like a stalker’s obsession, you want more and more but are more likely to swing between the yo-yo of self denial and graceful glorious … Continue reading Salted Caramel Brownies
Cheesecake is a slice of heaven. There is a common sight when someone puts a spoon of cheesecake in their mouth. They close their eyes, lips curl into smile , a halo surrounds them and all you hear is mmmmmm…..tell me thats not right :)))) I have longed to make a baked cheesecake but being a stickler for NOT following rules and measurements, I had … Continue reading Cheesecake
Of the many things that can get a malayalee dewy eyed, puyungiya kappa with meen curry ( boiled tapioca and fish curry) comes in the top 5 ! Continue reading The romance of kappa meen curry
Grilled peaches with mascarpone, toasted walnuts and drizzled with honey, on a bed of raspberry coulis 😍 Sounds exotic but is a kid’s recipe indeed. Tasted this a few years ago on a skiing holiday and still vividly remember the play of flavours, ever so exquisitely balanced on my palate. Healthy quick dessert, perfect for a Friday evening !!!👼👼👼 Recipe- Cut peaches into half, take … Continue reading Grilled Peaches…
Kalpa’s Vetthukozhumbbu There is something very exotic with all our regional names for various dishes we make in India….. one particular name that has fascinated me was the Vetthukozhumbbu ( vettu-kozhumb-bbu ) which is basically a classic Iyer recipe for chilli ( vettal) and tamarind based gravy ( kozhumbu). A regular member of Kalpa Sundar’s kitchen and one of my favourite. Sharing the recipe below, … Continue reading Pumpkin Vetthukozhumbbu
Imagine cold dark winter evenings, snuggled in a cosy blanket, watching your favourite soap and a steaming hot bowl of comfort food. And by comfort food, there can only be one name at the top, the mighty potato!!! This dish hardly needs anything other than potatoes and yoghurt…easy and quick to make and soul satisfying to say the least! A simple dish that goes straight … Continue reading Dahi Aloo ( potato in yoghurt gravy)
Ah, for the love of dal makhani !! This name, for me, conjures up vivid images of the royalty of Tuli International, Nagpur in the early 90s. Dal Makhani used to be their signature dish and I always longed for that taste ever since I came to this country. This is, again, a very easy recipe. Yes, I have used readymade dal makhani masala ( … Continue reading Dal Makhani
European cuisine has been the bane of my life! Ask me about any complicated desi food and I can whiff it up in a jiffy. But the thought of even putting together a sandwich fills me with dread. I accidentally made this popular dish ( only 6 steps) and it tastes even better than what you get in the restaurants. The kids were thrilled and … Continue reading Chicken in white wine sauce
Some recipes are forever! This particular one was my mum in law’s speciality. Aai used to make this with utmost pride and love, never rushing through it. Being raised in a purely non vegetarian household, I never understood her fascination for vegetables and to top it all, this was as bland and harmless as it could be!!! But once i tasted it, I was addicted. … Continue reading Stuffed Tinda / Indian Squash ( bharle dhemse)
Aditi Gupte’s Butter Chicken recipe: PS: tastes exactly as the restaurant dish! Ingredients: Boneless chicken 1kg Tandoori masala powder 3tbsp Yoghurt 5 tbsp Lemon 1 Onions 3, very finely chopped Ginger garlic paste 3tsp 2 cans chopped tomatoes ( prefer Napolitana tomatoes) Kaju paste 2tbsp Kasuri methi 4tbsp roasted and crushed Kashmiri chilli powder 2tsp Sugar and salt to taste 1. Wash and marinade the … Continue reading Butter chicken
Some memories forever entrenched in our hearts are our treasures indeed. One of them is early morning golden toast with amul butter topped with aai’s garlic chutney. 4 ingredients, 4 minutes I promise 😍😍 Ingredients and method: 6-8 pods garlic 1 cup grated coconut ( not dessicated) 2-3 tsp Red chilli pd 1 tbsp groundnut powder Grind all together, store in an air tight container. Continue reading Aai’s garlic chutney
I have been fortunate to have had two of the best cooks in the world guide me when I entered this amazing world of culinary heaven. On one hand, my mum, a totally and utterly eccentric chef, who could whip up the tastiest of food in an instant for as many people you could think of. But there was never a recipe not any measurement … Continue reading Varhadi Gola Bhaat
Every Indian state and family has their own secret recipes which they swear by….. It is known by many names ie vaangi bhajee, vayudennengya masala, kathrikai curry, badanaekai, etc etc. These are all perfect and we have all been witness too many duels between varying factions of the fairer sex as to which recipe is the best. I don’t claim any of those lofty … Continue reading Aubergine Sabji